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Old 09-12-23, 11:29 AM
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Is this bike worth $100?

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Maybe, you can do better for $100, though. If you're in any kind of decent bike market, should be much better bikes available in that price range.
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Old 09-12-23, 01:45 PM
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condition is great but quality is low, with a bit of looking you should be able to find a bike a few steps up the ladder for same $$
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Depends. For us snobs here not really. But it seems to be in good shape and should compare extremely well to brand new bikes at three times the price. If you are looking for a basic bike for transportation and to hop around town you could go a lot worse. If you are looking for a bike with a vintage cache, you could do better. Either would take you places.

Basically you are looking at a commodity bike. See what similar obscure brand bikes go for in your neck of the woods. It is a steel straight top tube hard tail mountain bikes with thumb shifters so that would be what I would be comparing it to.
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That's an old, low-end bike that is in surprisingly excellent (near-new, maybe) condition...but still not worth $100 (IMO)
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I'm gonna say a hard NO here. This bike is the equivalent of the basic big-box Mega-Mart bike of today, but arguably worse. With a little patience, $100 should score you a bike shop quality bike in decent shape. The Free Spirit has lousy brakes, a heavy steel one-piece crank, cheap bolt-on hubs and probably steel rims under the black paint. Like the big-box commodity bikes today, it's just not built to actually be ridden any distance or length of time, it's a bike that will cost a bunch to repair when it needs to be repaired, and it will never really run well. It's the sort of bike that was built to be thrown away the minute it left the factory, frankly.

I don't know where you are or what the market is like near you, but a quick trawl of Marketplace in my area turns up bikes like these -

GT Outpost in Anderson, SC - $65


Giant Iguana in Simpsonville SC, $50 - yeah, it might need a new chain and cables, or it might be fine just being lubed and adjusted - still WORLDS better than the aforementioned Free Spirit.


2008 Redline flatbar road bike in Belton, SC - $100 - looks like a pretty decent deal for general riding about, not as plush as an old MTB, but $100 ...


1990s Mongoose Rockadile with STX parts in Greenville SC, $75 - I have looked at this one online several times and seriously considered it. Yeah, a new chain might be nice, a nice washing with soap and water and some chainlube would probably work wonders.


Older but very clean looking Diamond Back Ascent in Ware Shoals, SC - $90 - Old, might even have a 6-speed freewheel rear, but still a better frame with better forks and wheels.


Trawl FB Marketplace, maybe Craigslist, ask some questions, see if anyone you know is into bikes. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61
I'm gonna say a hard NO here. This bike is the equivalent of the basic big-box Mega-Mart bike of today, but arguably worse. With a little patience, $100 should score you a bike shop quality bike in decent shape. The Free Spirit has lousy brakes, a heavy steel one-piece crank, cheap bolt-on hubs and probably steel rims under the black paint. Like the big-box commodity bikes today, it's just not built to actually be ridden any distance or length of time, it's a bike that will cost a bunch to repair when it needs to be repaired, and it will never really run well. It's the sort of bike that was built to be thrown away the minute it left the factory, frankly.

I don't know where you are or what the market is like near you, but a quick trawl of Marketplace in my area turns up bikes like these -

GT Outpost in Anderson, SC - $65


Giant Iguana in Simpsonville SC, $50 - yeah, it might need a new chain and cables, or it might be fine just being lubed and adjusted - still WORLDS better than the aforementioned Free Spirit.


2008 Redline flatbar road bike in Belton, SC - $100 - looks like a pretty decent deal for general riding about, not as plush as an old MTB, but $100 ...


1990s Mongoose Rockadile with STX parts in Greenville SC, $75 - I have looked at this one online several times and seriously considered it. Yeah, a new chain might be nice, a nice washing with soap and water and some chainlube would probably work wonders.


Older but very clean looking Diamond Back Ascent in Ware Shoals, SC - $90 - Old, might even have a 6-speed freewheel rear, but still a better frame with better forks and wheels.


Trawl FB Marketplace, maybe Craigslist, ask some questions, see if anyone you know is into bikes. Good luck!
Yep, I would take anyone of these bikes over the bike the OP shared, this is the direction I would go. Main thing (after fit) is make sure tires are good, cables and brake pads are cheap, needing new tires can double the cost of a used bike.
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+1 On good tires being something to look for on this level bike it'd hard to find a nice set of tires for under $50 right now.

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The Free Spirit was a department store issued entry level machine of relatively low quality. In my mind, the bike would not fetch $100. Not sure, anymore, but I think they were sold through Sears.

This Super Cycle, that I bought brand new for $259.00 CND plus 15% sales tax, a Canadian Tire issue, lasted me for three weeks before the bottom bracket failed. No more entry level department store bikes for me (note: the bike pictured is not my bike but it is identical to the one that failed me)...


That does not mean that I do not have respect for entry level vintage steeds. Some are pretty darn nice but, generally, not offered in big box stores. That said, I recall a day, at one of the Bicycles for Humanity/Lakehead University yard sales...



A young woman came up to me (I was helping to organize the event and sell bikes) and said, "Now that's me, referring to a Free Spirit step through...
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